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ThisCrudités Platter highlights all the vegetables that you love, along with some new ones, in a simple and beautiful display.The traditional veggie tray just got a little more exciting!

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Table of contents

  • Crudite Platter
  • How do you make a good Veggie Tray?
  • Is a Crudites Tray just a Veggie Platter?
  • What are Crudites usually served with?
  • How to make a Crudite Platter
  • What vegetables to use for Crudites?
  • How do you keep Crudites fresh?
  • Do I need to cook the vegetables first?
  • Do cut vegetables lose nutrients?
  • How long do cucumbers last after being cut?
  • How do you blanch vegetables for Crudites?
    • Looking for pictures of Vegetable Tray Ideas to take to a party you’ve been invited to? Check out my Pinterest Board dedicated to all things Vegetable Platters!
  • Complete your Vegetable Tray with these
  • More Party Platters
  • Printable Instructions for How to make an Easy Veggie Platter

Crudite Platter

First things first, what does the word crudité mean and how do you pronounce it?

Classically defined as pieces of raw vegetables that are served with a dip as an appetizer,crudité orcrudités are what you find on a traditional veggie tray.

Crudité is pronounced like “Crew-Dee-Tay” and is much easier to eat than say or spell.

The wordcrudité is French, so if you want you can just call them raw veggies.And it’s an easy appetizer that you can make/prep ahead.Your personal trainer is going to be so proud!

How do you make a good Veggie Tray?

The best part of a Crudite Tray is that all the chopped raw vegetables are great by themselves or you can use them as a vehicle for a dip or hummus that is usually served with them.Not to be confused with a Relish Tray, a Charcuterie Tray, or a Cheese Board.

A Relish Tray will contain vegetables that have been processed either by cooking, fermenting, or pickling to preserve them.Likewise, a Cheese Board usually contains meats, cheeses, nuts, olives, and crackers to eat them with.

A Charcuterie Board highlights various forms of prepared meats, such as cured and hard salami, confit, sausage, and even paté, and is accompanied by mustards, jellies, and crackers to eat alongside the meats.

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In my experience, a properCrudite Traywill only contain raw vegetables but some prefer their green vegetables blanched to remove the fibrous nature of them or to soften them if they are particularly hard.

MostCrudite Trays you might see will have a combination of raw and processed vegetables.Whichever board/tray/platter you decide to serve at your party, all of them are great finger foods for a crowd!

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Is a Crudites Tray just a Veggie Platter?

Technically yes, but it is so much more than carrot and celery sticks!ACrudités Platter can include vegetables like:

  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Cucumber
  • Radishes
  • Mini Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Baby Carrots
  • Green Onions
  • Shishito Peppers
  • Endive
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Asparagus
  • Green Beans
  • Snap Peas
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow/Baby Squash

Take a walk through your local farmers market to check out what’s in season and local.I love finding as many vegetables as I can that aren’t just green.Bright and colorful means pretty and nutritious!

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What are Crudites usually served with?

Because the nature of aCrudités Platter is to serve the vegetables raw, it is customary to serve a dip or dressing alongside them.

With so many different vegetables, flavors, and textures, I like to serve at least 2-3 different dips for acruditéplatter depending on how many different veggies you have and how many people you are serving.

Not only can you have different texture dips, but you can have various flavors and spice levels. My number one pick is a spicy hummus!Made from chickpeas, we can count it too as a vegetable, right?

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How to make a Crudite Platter

My next crudité dip is always a sour cream based dip.Not only does the tang create a nice contrast to the veggies, but you can mix in various seasonings like French Onion Soup Mix or Ranch Seasoning.

My last choice for aveggie dip is a salty and garlicky cheese spread.A thicker dip by nature, the flavors are bold but universally liked by most.My favorite cheese spread is always in my fridge because I love to eat it with crackers and cheese too!

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Be sure to include your favorite so you will remember to eat while you are hosting.I know I tend to fret over everyone else eating and forget to eat myself!

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What vegetables to use for Crudites?

You can use any vegetables that you like!Throw in one or two that you haven’t tried to shake things up!

How do you keep Crudites fresh?

I like to store my prepped vegetables in ice water or wrapped in a damp towel and stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

Do I need to cook the vegetables first?

Most of the vegetables are perfectly tasty raw, but I prefer to have my green beans, peas, and asparagus slightly cooked to take out the fibrous nature of them.A quick 1-minute blanch in boiling water will do the trick!

Do cut vegetables lose nutrients?

The nutrient that is the first to go is Vitamin C because it is carried by water but it is minimal.The key to keeping the most nutrients is to submerge them in water, keep them moist and away from air, and keep them very cool.

How long do cucumbers last after being cut?

If sliced and submerged in ice water, they can last for up to a week!

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If you are serving some vegetables that might need a little tenderizing, try a quick blanching. Not only will it lightly cook them, but it will help them maintain their vibrant green colors on the serving platter!

How do you blanch vegetables for Crudites?

  1. Prepare a large pot of boiling salted water, and fill a large bowl with ice water.
  2. Remove the tough bottoms of the asparagus stalks and the strings from the green beans and snap peas.
  3. Starting with one vegetable at a time, lower the trimmed vegetable into the boiling water.
  4. Stir and let cook for 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the boiling water and immediately plunge in the ice bath to stop the cooking process and maintain the vibrant green color.
  6. Continue with the additional vegetables that you want to cook.
  7. Once all vegetables are blanched, store in the correct containers until you are ready to assemble your platter.
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Looking for pictures of Vegetable Tray Ideas to take to a party you’ve been invited to? Check out my Pinterest Board dedicated to all things Vegetable Platters!

Complete your Vegetable Tray with these

  • White Bean Hummus
  • Pico de Gallo
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Pimento Cheese
  • Honey Mustard Cheese Ball
  • Mini Veggie Sliders

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More Party Platters

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  • Summer Snack Board
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Printable Instructions for How to make an Easy Veggie Platter

Ingredients

RAW CRUDITÉS

  • 1 cup Broccoli
  • 1 cup Cauliflower
  • 1 cup Cucumber
  • 1 cup Radishes
  • 1 cup Mini Bell Peppers
  • 1 cup Celery
  • 1 cup Carrots
  • 1 cup Green Onions
  • 1 cup Shishito Peppers
  • 1 cup Endive
  • 1 cup Cherry Tomatoes

BLANCHED CRUDITÉS

  • 1 cup Asparagus
  • 1 cup Green Beans
  • 1 cup Snap Peas

DIPS FOR CRUDITÉS

  • Hummus (I prefer a spicy one)
  • Greek/Ranch Dip (or any sour cream based dip)
  • Garlic Cheese Spread (I prefer Boursin)
  • Fresh Dill and Parsley for garnishes

Instructions

  1. Arrange all your crudites or vegetables on your board and serve!
  2. Enjoy with friends!

Notes

*If you like this recipe, please leave me a comment and rate it with some stars.Thank you!

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Nutrition Information:

Yield: 20Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 42Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 76mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 2gProtein: 2g

This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can bot be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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FAQs

Easiest Crudité Platter Ever {Tips & Tricks} - Take Two Tapas? ›

RAW CRUDITÉS
  1. 1 cup Broccoli.
  2. 1 cup Cauliflower.
  3. 1 cup Cucumber.
  4. 1 cup Radishes.
  5. 1 cup Mini Bell Peppers.
  6. 1 cup Celery.
  7. 1 cup Carrots.
  8. 1 cup Green Onions.
Mar 7, 2022

Can you prepare crudités in advance? ›

To keep them fresh, wash the vegetables well, peel if necessary and cut to desired sizes. Wrap in damp paper towels and store in a large, sealed zip-top baggie with the air pressed out. The vegetables can be prepped up to two days in advance.

What is the difference between Crudite and charcuterie? ›

“Charcuterie” actually refers to the meat portion of the charcuterie platter, while “crudités” are the chopped vegetables. But cheeses offer a range of distinct, diverse flavors to accent either one, and can be game-changers no matter what your focus is for the rest of the board.

What vegetables are good for a veggie tray? ›

The Best Veggies for a Vegetable Tray
  • Red bell peppers.
  • Tomatoes.
  • Radishes.
  • Carrots.
  • Orange bell peppers.
  • Yellow bell peppers.
  • Baby corn.
  • Celery.
Feb 21, 2022

How do you cut vegetables for crudités? ›

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How far in advance can I cut vegetables for a vegetable tray? ›

You want them to be as fresh as possible, so buy them one or two days ahead at most. Veggies are a little more forgiving than fruit, but if you buy them further in advance be sure to store them well.

Do you peel cucumbers for veggie tray? ›

Cucumbers - wash them to remove the wax finish. You can peel them or not...its your choice. They don't seem to get mushy as fast if you leave the peel on. Green Onions - Cut the root end off and @ 1 inch from the green end.

How do I make my charcuterie board stand out? ›

How to make a charcuterie board
  1. Meats: Salami, sopressata, mortadella, prosciutto, capocollo.
  2. Crackers and bread: Croccantini, grissini, rosemary crisps, pita chips, bagel crisps.
  3. Cheese: White cheddar, manchego, parmesan, smoked Gouda, brie, burrata.
  4. Fruits: Grapes, strawberries, raspberries, figs, apples, pears.
Aug 18, 2021

What should be on a charcuterie platter? ›

What is typically on a charcuterie plate?
  • Cured meats.
  • Various cheeses – Nice cheeses and meats are generally on the pricier side. With that said, it feeds A LOT of people.
  • Olives and Nuts.
  • Fruit.
  • Dried Fruits.
  • Crackers or small slices of bread.
  • Jelly or Jam.
Apr 14, 2022

How do you arrange crudite platters? ›

Instructions
  1. On a large tray, place a bowl of dip off to the side. Layer leaves of radicchio around the platter. Start filling in the spaces with each vegetable.
  2. Wrap the mozzarella sticks with a hard meat, such as salami or prosciutto.
  3. Arrange by different colors to make the platter as beautiful as you can!
Nov 17, 2018

How do you cut cucumbers for a tray? ›

How to Cut A Cucumber For Veggie Trays and Dip Platters - YouTube

How do you cut carrots for a veggie tray? ›

How To Cut Carrots Into Sticks For Vegetable Dip Platters - YouTube

How do you cut peppers for veggie tray? ›

How To Cut Peppers For Veggie Trays And Dip Platters - YouTube

Is it cheaper to make your own veggie tray? ›

You can do this, simply, easily, and economically for at least ⅓ the cost. Your homemade veggie tray will taste a lot better. This year, I propose a different approach to your standard grocery store veggie tray. It can cost as little as $5 and about 20 minutes of your time.

Can I cut up veggies the night before? ›

1. Vegetables. Whether you are cooking a vegetable on its own or to be mixed with other ingredients (e.g., a stir-fry or soup), you can prep it in advance. By "prep," I mean wash, dry, peel (if appropriate), and cut up.

How do you cut cucumbers with crudités? ›

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